LED idea helps fam­i­lies

Ruapehu Press - - Community Cookbook - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

The Tau­marunui Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion has come up with a cost-ef­fec­tive idea to help peo­ple save money on power bills.

The group pur­chased 200 LED light bulbs to help low in­come fam­i­lies strug­gling to make ends meet.

Money from the bulbs will be used to pay it for­ward to help other fam­i­lies.

Chair Jac­ques Win­dell said some of the other cheaper brands had mer­cury in­side of them mak­ing it an un­safe op­tion.

‘‘We are try­ing to get them out of the homes.

‘‘The LED are safe and last for 10 years but the 7.5 watt is equal to a 60 watt in­can­des­cent light.

Win­dell rec­om­mends re­plac­ing all the light bulbs in the house to gain the most sav­ings but recog­nises not ev­ery­one will be in a fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion to do so.

Peo­ple have the op­tion of pay­ing off their LED light bulbs at $5 a week.

Win­dell said he saves over $20 a month on his power bill since he re­placed his light bulbs.

He es­ti­mates he could save $1250 over ten years which is the pro­jected life span of a LED bulb.

‘‘It gives peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to save a bucket load of money in the fu­ture and that’s a sim­ple way we can put money into peo­ple’s pocket.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion on how the project works con­tact Jac­ques Win­dell 021 108 1451.

‘‘It gives peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to save a bucket load of money in the fu­ture.’’

FRANCES FER­GU­SON / STUFF

The ma­jor­ity of lights in To­herangi Hol­loway’s home are LED en­ergy savers.

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